In the company of Felipe (Andrea's brother), we once again made a crossing... of approximately 3 days. We left the US Virgin Islands, heading south to Bonaire.
The wind was kind of sideways all the way, the sea a little rough, but it was nice! We did not catch any fish on the way, and upon arriving on a new island so far from where we were, there was a slight thrill: "Land in sight!"
Bonaire is a national park, so there are some rules that we must follow to preserve the environment and such a lush island! One of the rules is that we should use the buoys to stay overnight on the island, and never drop the anchor (anywhere on the island). The buoys are part of the main marina and are located in the most sheltered part. They are limited, so the competition is high, and if you got one, it's good not to get out of there, or leave the Dinghy tied to it, to secure your spot,
There are also the government-provided buoys along the island, and on the front island, the "little Bonaire". In these buoys it' allsowed to stay up to 2 hours maximum, usually used for diving, as this is considered one of the most beautiful diving sites in the world!
Sometimes we rented a car to explore the island's uninhabited parks. The landscape is breathtaking. It is like a cactus forest, with the Caribbean sea, light blue, contrasting ... Beautiful birds complementing the scenery, not counting under the sea! This is an island we will never forget and we want to return for sure!
This is also the perfect place for kitesurfing and windsurfing ... But we usually needed a car to do these sports as the boat was "parked" and we didn't want to lose the "vacancy".
We stayed a few months on this island, as the pregnancy was progressing ... and due to the July holidays, we received friends and family on board to enjoy this paradise.
Swimming in this waterfront was almost daily routine! we already knew all the under the sea creatures who lived here.
We made friends with Dutch, French, Spanish and even Brazilians.
We fished a lot and also bought a lot of fish from the fishermen who arrived stocked after a night out at sea.